Sub-National Roundtable on Climate Financing and Collaborative Strategies to Address Associated Threats

Date: 30 Apr, 2024


AOSED in collaboration with CARE Bangladesh under the Multi-Actor Partnerships on Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (MAP-CDRFI) Project, organized the Sub-National Roundtable on Climate Financing and Collaborative Strategies. The event aimed to enhance local level participation and contribution to the Government of Bangladesh's initiatives concerning climate change. Honorable Mayor of Khulna City Corporation Mr. Talukder Abdul Khaleque was present as the chief guest during the roundtable. Executive Director of AOSED, Shamim Arfeen moderated the roundtable

The roundtable focused on devising a comprehensive strategy for coordinating climate change-related activities across various stakeholders, including local government bodies, divisional-level government offices, autonomous institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Additionally, discussions centered on establishing effective mechanisms for coordinating local activities by proposing the formation of 'Advisory Committees' at the departmental level. Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Mujibor Rahman, Head of Environmental Science Discipline at Khulna University, emphasized the undeniable reality of climate change and its profound implications. He highlighted the intersection of climate dynamics with societal trends, amplifying the impacts on coastal resources, public health, agriculture, ecosystems, biodiversity, and water resources.

During the open discussion, various initiatives by government departments to address climate vulnerabilities were highlighted. However, challenges such as lack of coordination, urbanization exacerbating the urban heat island effect, and the impact of climate change on agriculture were also addressed. Additional Chief Engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board Engr. Bidyut Kumar Saha, Deputy Director of Department of Environment Md. Emdadul Hoque, Senior Assistant Director of Department of Fisheries Mr. Raj Kumar Biswas, Assistant Chief Director of Health Office Md. Zobayer Hossain, Superintendent Engineer of Khulna WASA Khan Salim Ahmed, Superintendent Engineer of Water Development Board Md. Sabibur Rahman, Deputy Director of Department of Agricultural Extension Kazi Jahangir Hossain, Head and Associate Professor of Department of Urban and Regional Planning - KUET Dr. Tushar Kanti Roy, Chief Scientific Officer of SRDI G M Mostafizur Rahman, Deputy Chief Epidemiologist of Divisional Livestock Department Dr. Muhammad Nazrul Islam, General Secretary of Pani Adhikar Committee Humayun Kabir, and Regional Coordinator of CARE Bangladesh Abu Taher Md. Siddiqur Rahman were among the speakers. The necessity for structured action plans, collaboration among stakeholders, and the formation of advisory committees emerged as key decisions from the deliberations.

The roundtable concluded with a unanimous agreement on forming an Advisory Committee, headed by Mr. Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Mayor of Khulna City Corporation, to oversee and coordinate climate change-related activities at the local level. This Sub-National Roundtable on Climate Financing and Collaborative Strategies provided a platform for stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and collective action towards building climate resilience at the grassroots level.